Jets DE Sheldon Richardson, who the team was open to trading during the offseason, opened up about the trade talks surrounding him and said he's the best defensive lineman in the NFL.
"It's a business, bro," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. "There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut ... and it was Seattle. And Washington too. There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You'd be surprised."
Richardson, 26, is making $8.069 million this season and is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
He had 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games last season after amassing 5.0 sacks in 2015 and 8.0 sacks in 2014.
"That's their decision," Richardson said about the potential of a contract extension from the Jets. "Would I pay me? I'd pay me ... I would (keep Williams, Wilkerson and him), because you can save money in other places with a stout defensive line."
"Ask other offensive linemen," Richardson added. "You know my opinion. In my opinion, I'm the best defensive lineman in the league. That's my opinion. You can't go draft a d-lineman and then ask him to play outside linebacker, middle linebacker all in the same season. It's just don't work like that."
Richardson has dealt with off-the-field issues during his time with the Jets.
He was suspended by the league in 2015 for failing the substance abuse policy, and was arrested that July for driving over 140 MPH and attempting to evade police. He was eventually found guilty of reckless driving and resisting arrest.